London protesters call for regime change in Iran

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Crowds gather outside the Iranian Embassy in London to show “solidarity” with the wave of protests seen across Iran. (AN Photo)
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Crowds gather outside the Iranian Embassy in London to show “solidarity” with the wave of protests seen across Iran. (AN Photo)
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Crowds gather outside the Iranian Embassy in London to show “solidarity” with the wave of protests seen across Iran. (AN Photo)
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Crowds gather outside the Iranian Embassy in London to show “solidarity” with the wave of protests seen across Iran. (AN Photo)
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Crowds gather outside the Iranian Embassy in London to show “solidarity” with the wave of protests seen across Iran. (AN Photo)
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Crowds gather outside the Iranian Embassy in London to show “solidarity” with the wave of protests seen across Iran. (AN Photo)
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Crowds gather outside the Iranian Embassy in London to show “solidarity” with the wave of protests seen across Iran. (AN Photo)
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Crowds gather outside the Iranian Embassy in London to show “solidarity” with the wave of protests seen across Iran. (AN Photo)
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Crowds gather outside the Iranian Embassy in London to show “solidarity” with the wave of protests seen across Iran. (AN Photo)
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Crowds gather outside the Iranian Embassy in London to show “solidarity” with the wave of protests seen across Iran. (AN Photo)
Updated 08 January 2018
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London protesters call for regime change in Iran

LONDON: Protesters gathered outside the Iranian Embassy in London on Sunday shouting slogans against the regime, in support of recent anti-government protests in Iran.
The protest was staged as Iranian lawmakers held a closed-door session on Sunday about the week of demonstrations across the country.
According to protest organizers, the crowd numbered between 100 and 200 people.
London Metropolitan Police kept protesters away from the embassy building itself, containing them within a fenced off zone across the road in Kensington, west London.

Many of the protesters were seen holding pictures of the Shah of Iran who was overthrown in 1979.
Other protesters waved posters of Prince Reza Pahlavi, the last heir apparent to the defunct monarchy of Iran.
“There is one message from Iranian people: Regime change. (Iranian people) are sick and tired with the repression of the Islamic state of Iran,” Shahriar Bahrami, the protest’s organizer, told Arab News.
Police moved in to quell a minor scuffle between supporters of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran and supporters of the Shah.
Bahrami said the two sides want the same thing and must “work together” to see regime change take place.
Protesters in the crowd were vociferous in condemning the Iranian regime: “The people of Iran are fed up with the economic situation, with the corruption, with the mismanagement of the public funds, with the government thugs, with the regime spending billions interfering in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere, and at the same time the people of Iran are hungry; children have no food, no shoes to wear,” protester Reza Pardisan told Arab News.
The Iranian Embassy in London was not immediately available for comment.


Duterte ‘seriously considering’ cutting ties with Iceland over UN rights probe

Updated 16 July 2019
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Duterte ‘seriously considering’ cutting ties with Iceland over UN rights probe

  • Iceland spearheaded a resolution that asked the UN’s top human rights body to look into the Philippines' deadly anti-drug crackdown
  • Philippine police have killed more than 6,600 suspected drug dealers in sting operations since Duterte took office in 2016.

MANILA: The Philippine president is “seriously considering” cutting diplomatic ties with Iceland, which spearheaded a resolution that asked the UN’s top human rights body to look into the thousands of deaths of suspects under his anti-drug crackdown.
Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo told reporters late Monday that the Iceland-initiated resolution which was adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in a vote last week in Geneva showed “how the Western powers are scornful of our sovereign exercise of protecting our people from the scourge of prohibited drugs.”
Panelo says President Rodrigo Duterte “is seriously considering cutting diplomatic relations with Iceland” for initiating the “grotesquely one-sided, outrageously narrow, and maliciously partisan” resolution.
Human rights groups, however, have lauded the resolution as crucial to helping end the drug killings and bringing perpetrators to justice.
The Philippines’ highest-ranking lawmaker said on Monday a UN resolution to probe the country’s bloody war on drugs should be ignored, and its chief backer Iceland be investigated instead for human rights abuses in allowing abortion.
“They have more unborn babies that they have aborted or killed. There are more killings in abortion than the drug pushers who are fighting the police,” Senate President Vicente Sotto told ANC news channel.
The Nordic nation lacks moral grounds to lecture the Philippines on human rights, Sotto said. “So we should disregard that resolution.”
His remarks are the latest in a series of comments from lawmakers urging the government to not cooperate after the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday adopted Iceland’s resolution to investigate thousands of deaths under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drugs campaign.
Police have killed more than 6,600 suspected drug dealers in sting operations since Duterte took office in 2016. Critics and rights group said authorities summarily execute suspects, which the police deny.
“The criminals can fight back, the babies cannot. What human rights are they talking about?” Sotto said, adding that drug dealers that fight back and destroy families lose their human rights.
His comments about abortion echoed those made by incoming Senator Imee Marcos, the daughter of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
Rights groups, which hailed the UN vote as a step toward accountability, point out that the bloody anti-narcotics campaign is marked by systematic cover-ups, planted evidence and impunity.
The president’s spokesman on Monday warned countries not to meddle with the state’s affairs.
“All incidents in the war on drugs are tallied, recorded. All they have to do is ask us, not to pre-judge us,” presidential spokesman Spokesman Panelo told a regular news conference. “It behoves them to render respect to a sovereign state.”
Duterte on Friday mocked Iceland as an ice-eating nation without understanding of his country’s problems.